Saturday, March 28, 2009

GT380 Frame Stripped Down

I've stripped the frame right down will be starting today on putting it back together. I have said before I am not doing a restoration job on this bike rather I am just rebuilding it and making sure everything works and is safe to use on the road. There are a couple of reasons for this one is a full restoration to as new condition would be very costly and I don't have the time or money to do that, I estimate that it would cost at least $2000 and hundreds of hours for a good job. Two I like the look of older bkes that have done a bit of work and that's exactly what this will look like.

Anyway I've the frame stripped down and the swingarm and steering yoke out. The steering head needs a little work as can be seen in the photos attached. The steel stopper for the steering stops is broken off on the right hand side. I will cut one out of steel, file it to shape and weld it onto the spot where it should be and give it a touch of paint. As for the rest of the frame I am going to clean it up and use rust converter on any surface rust there is no serious rust in the frame. I will replace the swingarm bushes and the steering bearings and seats then put that together and then start on the forks.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

GT380 Frame

I am almost down to a bare frame

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I've started working on the rest of the bike as my dad was bored and he has started on the engine. Most of the bikes I've owned or worked on before have been TZ Yamahas and as they are pure racing bikes there isn't a lot of extraneous bits and pieces. I am a little taken aback by the amount of bits and pieces that have to have work done that you just don't get on a racing bike. I guess I should have expected this bit I just didn't realise how much work there would be in all the little bits. For example in the headlight there seems to be an annular gap between the actual headlight and the nacelle, this gap will let in the elements and as all the wiring connectors are in the headlight body they will get wet. I am sure it shouldn't be like this but it appears to be the way it was built, guess I will just have to find out what it should be like. Anyway it's all good fun.